Wednesday 27th June, 2007
This week's topic is "tying kits". Lots to talk about here.
I remember distinctly when my fly tying kit got out of control. Summer, 1999. Two things happened that summer that resulted in the onset of madness. First, I stopped living out of the back of my truck and rented an apartment for $150 US per month. That meant I actually had room for more stuff than would fit in a small tackle box. Second, I traded my regular summer job as a chef and dishwasher for a job at Arrick's Fly Shop in West Yellowstone, MT. I guided about 20 days that summer, and the rest of the time I worked the shop. Ten hour shifts helping customers and staring at all the incredible tying materials on the walls, daydreaming about new fly patterns and all the fish I was going to catch on them. Add in a cool boss that understands fly tying techniques and madness as much as anyone and sweet employee discount, and the rest is history.
I love tying materials. I can't stop buying them. I buy them faster than I use them up, so my kit keeps growing. I don't care. What paint, canvas, and brushes are to an artist, fur, feathers, hooks, flash, and a vise are to a creative fly tier. Today there are so many amazing materials available you are only limited by your imagination.
These days, my favorite fly tying material is rabbit. Specifically, Zonker strips. Fur on leather, dyed in every color. I love "bashing lures" as Paul crudely calls it. Big fish eat big flies, and a big fly made with rabbit moves in the water like nothing else. Fast current, slow current, no current, it's always moving, breathing, wiggling. Awesome. So far I can't find one color that I can't find a use for. If the fish don't want a streamer, just tear off some fur and use it as dubbing on a nymph. Here is the contents of my rabbit drawer...
If I had to pick a second favorite it would be bucktail, or marabou, or flashabou, or... It used to be closed cell foam, or pheasant tail. I could go on, but I won't bore you with the madness.
A couple of important matters before I go.
If you have not done it, remember to sign the petition in support of catch and release for Wild/Native steelhead on the Umpqua River, OR. Were trying to protect a once great run of fish in the South Umpqua that is fading fast and being targeted unnecessarily. We only have about 5 days left to get as many names as we can. Read more on Matts Corner.
Check out the newest Forum dedicated to Double Handed Casting and Fishing.
Lastly, I invite everyone to join in the discussion of 2 interesting articles on the Daily Planet. The first is BAD NEWS about the last remaining wilderness for Pacific Salmon, the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The second is GOOD NEWS from MT, where a classy rancher is welcoming anglers and other river users in the true spirit of the stream access law.
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